Harper Government Invests in New Brunswick's Arts and Culture Scene

MONCTON, NB, Feb. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced new investments by the Government of Canada in 26 arts and culture organizations in New Brunswick.

"Our Government recognizes the importance and impact of investing in arts and culture organizations in communities across Canada," said Minister Fletcher. "This financial support is a great booster for the local economy and helps recipients promote and showcase local and nationally recognized artists at cultural events across New Brunswick throughout the year. Our Government will continue to support the arts sector throughout Canada as it continues to play a vital role in creating jobs and strengthening our economy."

This funding will support a range of organizations and projects that share the goal of providing New Brunswick's residents and visitors with rich cultural experiences. The Imperial Theatre, the Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique, the Westmorland Historical Society, Productions de l'Étoile, the Société culturelle des Hauts-Plateaux, and the Albert Agricultural Society are among the organizations receiving support for their projects.

"Our Government is pleased to support organizations that help strengthen our shared identity and define who we are as Canadians, from coast to coast to coast," said Minister Moore. "By investing in events that rely strongly on the work and dedication of volunteers and that allow local artists and artisans to express their talent and skill, we are helping make our communities more prosperous and dynamic."

"Production de l'Étoile is pleased to receive this support from the Government of Canada," said Rachel Arseneau-Ferguson, President of the organization. "It allows the Théâtre populaire d'Acadie to renew some of its equipment and to ensure the technical quality of its touring performances, as well as to be able to regularly welcome companies from other regions of Canada, which will enrich the programming offered to audiences."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $700,929 to 26 projects through three programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

For more information about these projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Canada Arts Presentation Fund
This fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
City Organization Project Fiscal years Amount
Saint John Imperial Theatre Imperial Theatre
Presentation and
Outreach - Season
20 and 21
Moncton Société historique de
la Mer rouge
33rd Été musical de
l'Église historique
de Barachois
2013-2014 $9,000
Dieppe Centre des arts et de la
culture de Dieppe
Au rythme du
2013-2014 $12,000
Caraquet Festival des arts
visuels en Atlantique
Territoire 2013-2014 $23,000
Caraquet Production de l'Étoile Season 2013-2014
Season 2014-2015
$52,280 $52,280
Saint-Quentin Société culturelle des
2013-2014 Belle découverte and
2014-2015 Grand voyage
$6,000 $6,000
programming and
Francofête en Acadie
and 2014-2015
$115,500 $115,500
  TOTAL: $491,560

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization Project Fiscal years Amount
Notre-Dame Chevaliers de
Colomb de Notre-Dame - Conseil #9545
Pique-nique Bazar
de Notre-Dame 2012
2012-2013 $3,900
Moncton Film Zone Festival
international du
cinéma francophone
en Acadie 2012
2012-2013 $30,500
Campbellton Festival d'automne
de Campbellton
Harvest Festival
Harvest Festival
d'automne de
Campbellton 2012
2012-2013 $5,000
Bertrand Comité du Festival de
la tradition de
Festival de la
tradition de
Bertrand 2012
2012-2013 $5,400
Campbellton Festi-Neige de
Campbellton Sno-Fest
Campbellton Sno-Fest
2012-2013 $10,100
Dieppe Carnaval d'amitié
d'hiver de Dieppe
37th Carnaval
d'amitié de Dieppe
2012-2013 $2,400
Fredericton Winterfest NB / Festhiver NB Winterfesthiver
2012-2013 $14,200
Knowlesville Falls Brook Centre Falls Brook Fair
20th Anniversary
2012-2013 $2,100
Dorchester Westmorland
Historical Society
Keillor House
200th Anniversary
2013-2014 $14,900
Dieppe Coopérative de la
récolte de chez-nous
Festival de la
récolte 2012
2012-2013 $3,900
Riverside-Albert Albert Agricultural
Society #133
Albert County
Exhibition 2012
2012-2013 $2,000
Riverside-Albert Albert Agricultural
Society #133
Albert County
Exhibition 100th Anniversary
2013-2014 $9,700
Plaster Rock Tobique Lions Club
of Plaster Rock
Tobique Valley Fall
2012-2013 $2,000
Kedgwick Comité du Festival
d'automne de
Festival d'automne
de Kedgwick
2012-2013 $7,300
Bouctouche Corporation de
économique de
Bouctouche 2012
2012-2013 $3,700
Memramcook Société culturelle de
la Vallée de
Festival parlures
d'icitte 2012
2012-2013 $2,000
Tobique First Nation Wolastokiwik
Gathering Pow Wow
2012 Wolastokiwik
Gathering / Pow Wow
2012-2013 $6,400
  TOTAL: $125,500

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
This fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
City Organization Project Fiscal years Amount
Caraquet Production de l'Étoile Renewal of touring
2012-2013 $17,295
Bouctouche Pays de la Sagouine Pays de la Sagouine
2012-2013 $66,574
  TOTAL: $83,869


SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Gilles Thériault
Director, Regional Communications
Atlantic Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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